Admission Requirements

NOTE: Applications will open June 15, 2023 and end June 3, 2024 for the inaugural cohort of 40 students. Classes will begin January 21, 2025 pending the CAPTE decision.

Applications for Lewis University DPT Program will occur through the PTCAS system.


Observation Hours

In the program's application review process, applicants are required to complete a minimum of 40 PT observation hours from either a PT or a PTA, observing in at least two different settings, without assigning any weighting to these hours or penalizing applicants for exceeding the requirement. These observation hours are viewed as opportunities for applicants to gain valuable insights into the field of physical therapy, confirm their interest and dedication, and develop a deeper understanding of clinical practices and patient interactions. While exceeding the minimum requirement or having experiences across various settings may demonstrate a broader understanding of the profession, it is not a requirement for consideration. Instead, the focus is on evaluating applicants holistically, considering their academic achievements, personal attributes, experiences, and potential contributions to the physical therapy profession, with PT observation hours serving as one component of this comprehensive evaluation.

Academic Prerequisites

To ensure applicants are well-prepared for the DPT program, the following coursework must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher and a cumulative GPA and pre-requisite of 3.0 or better. Pass/Satisfactory grades are not accepted.

Coursework Requirements

Course
Credit/Hours
Human Anatomy with Lab*
4
Human Physiology with Lab*
4
OR a two-course sequence in Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) with lab (8 credit hours)* 8
Biology I & II with Lab
8
Chemistry I & II with Lab
8
Physics I & II with Lab
8
Medical Terminology 1
Psychology I** 3
Psychology II** 3
Statistics***
3

* Prospective students should have completed the above A&P classes within the last 10 years. Beyond this timeframe, a prospective student will be required to retake them. However, licensed and practicing clinicians may be eligible for a waiver.

**May include general, abnormal and other psychology as indicated in the Lewis University PTCAS directory.

*** Include inferential statistics & ANOVA

Admission Dates

  • April 1, 2024: Priority Deadline
  • June 3, 2024: Final Deadline
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